Leaside will be 110 years old in May! Yes, on May 7, 1913, the Town of Leaside was incorporated by act of the Ontario Legislature.
To mark the occasion, we have created a special logo (designed by Leasider Kim Auchinachie), which picks up on Leaside’s distinctive street grid, displaying its origins as the Model Garden City.
Back in July 2022, we asked: “Leaside 110 – how do we celebrate?” We invited Leaside organizations to hold a special event in May 2023 or later. They responded! Here are some of the highlights:
May 4-6 – the Archival Exhibit at Leaside Library, with maps, photos and artifacts displaying the history of the Town, including its railway origins, working in Leaside, living in Leaside, etc. We thank John Naulls for recreating this exhibit, which was a centrepiece of Leaside One Hundred in 2013.
May 10 – the anniversary celebration will be hosted at Amsterdam Brewery on Esandar. Theme: Leaside Model Garden City. More details to come (sponsorship opportunities are available). Other events include:
May 5-7 – Jane’s Walks in Leaside (from Leaside Library)
May 19 – Bridges to Thorncliffe Park: Community Bazaar (Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee) at R.V. Burgess Park, 46-48 Thorncliffe Park Dr. Enjoy tasty treats from North America’s first park-based Tandoor oven.
May 30 – East York Historical Society: Stories of Leaside: 1913 to Today with speakers John Lea, John Bech-Hansen, moderated by Leaside Life publisher Lorna Krawchuk (at S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park Ave.)
October 12 – Leaside Garden Society – Leaside: A Garden City? with speaker Joanna Blanchard, master gardener and co-president, Leaside Garden Society.